Kate Walsh Knew She Was Done With ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in Season 3
Kate Walsh left Grey's Anatomy at the end of Season 3 — her character Addison heading for the sunnier climes of Los Angeles in the spin-off Private Practice — but that two-season tenure was enough for her, it seems.
The actress, 48, reflected on her sense of completion in Parade, when her interviewer asked if Kate ever thought Addison would be a casualty of the disaster-prone hospital.
“Well, I didn’t think I’d be killed off on Grey’s Anatomy,” the People’s Choice nominee responded. “But … I felt like my tenure sort of was done at the hospital.”
She continued: “I’d delivered lots of babies, I sort of, you know, tried to save my marriage — it failed — I’d slept with numerous people at the hospital. I was like, ‘What else can I do?’ other than start, like, making lunch for everybody.”
Private Practice became a hit in its own right, lasting six seasons on ABC, and Kate attributes the success of the show to creator Shonda Rhimes — specifically the way she writes and casts her shows.
“I was so fortunate to be surrounded by such an incredible cast,” she said. “They’re just incredible actors and we all love what we do. We got to play great roles, work at a great job, and feel very supported. So it was a wonderful experience.”
Unfortunately for us Addison fans, Kate’s not trying to replicate that “wonderful experience” — she previously said she’s done playing the neonatal surgeon.
Addison-less Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 continues on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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